Darren Bent has blasted Everton manager Marco Silva for his treatment of Moise Kean after reports about the striker’s discipline behind the scenes at Goodison Park.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England striker says that the Italian hitman will have had trouble adapting to life in England this season after his lack of game time for the Toffees.
The Guardian report that Kean was dropped from Everton’s squad against Southampton for a lack of punctuality at team meetings, while the player’s father claims that it was a “mistake” for his son to move to Goodison Park.
Bent says that it is not easy settling into life at a new club and in a new country if you are not playing on a regular basis and says that Silva has not managed the highly-rated youngster’s situation well during his first months on Merseyside.
Bent told Football Insider: “He’s got this reputation of being one of the world’s best youngsters but when you’re not walking straight into the team and you’re not playing games, it can become difficult.
“You’re not from this country, you don’t know it that well, you become a little bit disinterested if you’re not playing, you focus can go a little bit. It can be difficult and I do blame a little bit Marco Silva, bringing him over here, not playing him in his right position and not giving him enough minutes.
“You don’t get rated as one of the best youngsters in the world for nothing, so obviously he’s got something there, because he’s playing a little bit here, there, out of position, it’s tough. He can’t get any consistency.
“Punctuality, he’s got to sort that out but I think Marco Silva’s got to take the blame a little bit because I don’t think he’s handled the situation very well at all.”
Of Kean’s 11 appearances for Everton this season, only two have come among the starting XI in the Premier League, with the Italian hitman still to find the back of the net in England.
Silva started with Cenk Tosun up front against Southampton in their last league game, Dominic Calvert-Lewin finding himself on the bench.